South Carolina Oyster Restoration and Enhancement
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

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Restoration Sites

400 oyster reefs have been constructed at 44 sites as part of the SCORE program since May 2001! The sites span 200 miles of coastline from Murrell's Inlet to Hilton Head,South Carolina. All of the reefs were constructed by community volunteers working under the direction of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). Accomplishments to date include the following:

  • Almost 40,000 volunteer hours donated by more than 15,000 individuals
  • Collected and processed more than 600 reef samples containing more than 300,000 spat in annual reef assessments.
  • Recycled and bagged over 26,000 bushels of oyster shell
  • Returned more than 600 tons of oyster shell to the local waters by constructing almost 41,000 square feet of oyster reef footprint (about an acre)
  • Approximately 25 teams of trained volunteers monitor water quality weekly at most sites
  • Marsh grass is growing in behind many SCORE reefs!
  • SCORE received the prestigious Coastal America Partnership Award in 2004.

Please click on individual sites below for more information.  For photos of the restoration sites visit our media gallery